Following Courtenay-Comox: NDP leading the Liberals

But another 1,000 absentee ballots must be counted on Wednesday. And if after judicial recount there's a tie, a by-election would be held. That change, they argue, will only come about if the NDP and Green parties cooperate in achieving a progressive social agenda in provincial government.

The Greens could push the pro-business Liberals out of power by forming a majority government with the NDP.

Preliminary voting results indicate Bond taking 58.7 per cent of the vote over NDP candidate Natalie Fletcher (29.22 per cent) and the B.C. Green's candidate Nan Kendy (12.09 per cent).

No party has made any official announcements, though B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver said the party would be open to working with anyone, and that changing the voting system to proportional representation is of a high priority to the party - a view they share with the NDPs. Here, Liberal Ian Paton got 44.5 per cent of the vote on his way to a 4,400-vote victory.

The counts will be updated several times throughout the next two days.

Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said the opportunity for a change in government is tantalizingly close: "As the final ballots are tallied, I pray that we will all be. celebrating the change that we have all worked so hard for over the last 16 years".

Sven Biggs, a climate campaigner for, said only the Greens and the NDP together could stop Kinder Morgan from completing its oil pipeline expansion. No appeal was filed and the election was declared final on June 7.

Neither James nor Furstenau would comment on the call for a coalition between the two parties, but both acknowledged that talks between all the provincial parties are on going.

Benninger now has 10,380 votes (37.76%) which trails Leonard's 10,481 votes (37.11%).

The standings on election night were: 43 Liberals, 41 New Democrats and three Greens. "We are in discussions".

And in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, Liberal candidate Joan Isaacs defeated NDP incumbent Jodie Wickens by 87 votes.

A partial count posted on Tuesday evening showed the NDP was in the lead with 10,481 votes, compared to 10,380 for the Liberals.

  • Leroy Wright